Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders | June 19 – July 26, 2015
In 1896, the Winter Carnival is in full swing, but St. Paul’s wealthiest man has lost his head—literally. A young man disappears just before his wedding, and his fiancée has already given back her wedding dress. When a gruesome discovery is made in the Ice Palace, there’s only one man for the job. Sherlock Holmes is summoned to solve a mystery that’s hardly elementary. With the help of trusty Watson and Irish barkeep Shadwell Rafferty, it’s up to Holmes to track a cold-blooded killer from the icy streets of St. Paul to the frozen Mississippi River. “…a distinctly American bounce to a solid, complex mystery.” —Publishers Weekly
Peter Moore – Director
Amy B. Kaufman – Costume Designer
Evan Middlesworth – Sound Designer
Michael P. Kittel – Lighting Designer
Sarah Holmberg – Properties Designer
Lance Brockman – Set Designer
Jamie J. Kranz* – Stage Manager
*member, actors’ equity association
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Sherlock Holmes & the Ice Palace Murders is suitable for adults and teenagers.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in Chicago to take in the World’s Fair, which is marred by the gruesome discovery of America’s first serial killer. About to return to London, Holmes is intrigued by a flustered woman, whose newspaper reveals the disappearance in St. Paul of Jonathan Upton the day before his wedding. Holmes drags Watson to Minnesota, where they begin to investigate the disappearance at the Winter Carnival and its Ice Palace. They run afoul of the local police but are assisted by the colorful salon-keeper and private eye Shadwell Rafferty. Together they discover Jonathan’s severed head in the Ice Palace, and soon after Jonathan’s father is found murdered at the Winter Carnival. The situation turns dire when Holmes suspects there are multiple murderers, including one who is found dead — at the Winter Carnival, of course. Holmes, Watson, and Rafferty race to discover the killers’ identities before they reach their next target — Sherlock himself.
Sherlock Holmes & the Ice Palace Murders contains little adult language, including one use of h*ll (as the location, twice), d*mn (twice), b*stard as an insult (once), and m*ck as an ethnic slur about the Irish (twice). Three characters are referred as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The play features three murders that occur offstage. There is moderate violence onstage, including multiple fistfights that involve guns and knives. Guns are fired onstage and offstage. A character is trapped under the ice but survives.
Liquor is served in a few scenes.
A major plot involves one character who drugs, deflowers, and then bribes multiple women.
Other Mature Themes
The severed head of a murdered man appears on stage, as does a corpse (under a blanket). One character threatens to hang a dog, which is later poisoned offstage. The play’s opening references the real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes and his hundreds of murders in the 1890s.
Running Time (subject to change)
Two hours and twenty minutes with one intermission.